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WIRED2015 — HIGHLIGHTS
This fifth flagship event from WIRED convened in London on October 15 and 16, 2015. WIRED2016 will take place in October 2016 — check back soon for speaker updates and agenda announcements.
VIDEO: WIRED2015 day one highlights
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WIRED2015 MAIN STAGE SPEAKERS
Bringing the WIRED world to life, WIRED2015 showcased the innovators changing the world and promoting disruptive thinking and radical ideas. There were more than 50 speakers over the two-day event, presenting stories about their work in science, design, business and many other fields.
Virtual reality platform builderCreator of virtual civilisation Second Life, Rosedale is now CEO and co-founder of High Fidelity -- a company pioneering shared virtual worlds.
Entrepreneur and investorLonsdale co-founded big data analytics firm Palantir and is partner at VC fund 8VC. An investor in fintech firms Prosper Daily and Aspiration, he brings a Silicon Valley view on Europe’s entrepreneurial opportunities.
Artificial intelligence pioneerCo-founder of Google DeepMind and head of applied AI, Suleyman oversees the company’s projects to simulate brain-like neural networks.
Peace activistBerry’s father was killed in the IRA’s Brighton Hotel bombing, carried out by Patrick Magee. Now, her NGO, Building Bridges for Peace, aims to promote peace with communication and forgiveness.
Former IRA memberMagee killed five in the 1984 Brighton bombing, including the father of Jo Berry. Released from prison under the Good Friday Agreement, the former terrorist will appear on-stage with Berry.
Entrepreneur and investorHinrikus was Skype’s first employee before co-founding TransferWise – one of London’s few unicorn startups – in 2011. He shares lessons on building transformative companies.
Immersive experience designerLejeune’s creative studio, Obscura Digital, creates digital experiences such as hologram performances and light installations at global landmarks, including the Vatican and the Empire State Building.
Moonshot co-ordinatorTeam Indus, India’s private space programme, aims to land a spacecraft on the Moon by 2018. Ravishankar is building its workforce and leads its outreach programme.
Artist & innovatorDutch artist Roosegaarde creates social designs that beg to be interacted with, and which explore the relationships between people, technology and space.
Iceland's sole billionaireThe Icelandic investor and self-proclaimed “adventure capitalist” who made billions, lost everything, then made it all back, shares some lessons learned.
Bollywood filmmaker & philosopherA Bafta-award-winning filmmaker, Kapur has directed hit international and Bollywood movies, including Elizabeth and Bandit Queen. As a storyteller he embraces both panic and spirituality as creative tools.
CEO & co-founder, ColuBitcoin entrepreneur Amos Meiri founded Colu -- a platform that uses blockchain technology to bring trust to all types of transactions, both digital and physical.
Comedian and freestyle rapperUK comedian and lightning-fast freestyle rapper, Turner has more than 2.5 million video views on YouTube. Be prepared to be part of his act.
President & CEO, UpholdUphold helps people move, hold and spend any form of money or commodity online. It has enabled more than $900 million in transactions.
CEO & founder, Motif InvestmentMotif lets investors build portfolios around broad concepts and themes, such as natural resources or biotech.
CTO & co-founder, FeedzaiPaulo Margues’ data science firm Feedzai uses machine learning to prevent fraud for payment networks, banks and retailers.
Head of open APIs, BBVAKarkal aims to open up the core banking platform and services of BBVA and allow companies to build products and services on top of them.
MD & president, SFS & Co-founder, KnipCo-founder of mobile-first insurance broker, Knip, Christina Kehl helped launch Swiss Finance Startups – an association of more than 70 fintech innovators.
Founder and chairman, Atom BankThomson is currently building Atom, a digital bank that aims to provide people with all the services of a normal bank, via a mobile app.
Founder and CEO, OurCrowdIsraeli company OurCrowd enables startup investment via crowdfunding. Startups regularly raise millions of dollars using the platform.
Co-founder and general manager, AzimoAzimo is a low-cost, fast and safe way to send money to 195 countries. Its services include cash pick-up, bank transfer, phone top-ups and a mobile wallet.
Chief data officer, Deutsche BankThe former chief scientist of Salesforce is now responsible for enhancing Deutsche Bank’s data quality and controls, to improve its digital strategy.
Chief operations officer, KabbagePetralia co-founded Kabbage, a platform offering capital or small loans to people who sell products online – whether it’s jewellery on Etsy or iPhone cases on eBay.
Founder & CEO, The FloowMonteforte’s The Floow is using smartphones as a data collecting device for insurance companies, reducing premiums and making driving safer.
CEO & board spokesman, Fidor BankFormerly the youngest CEO of a German direct bank, Kröner is CEO of digital bank Fidor, which recently launched in the UK.
CEO, EarthportEarthport aims to create a faster, cheaper cross-border payments system. Typically it offers 50 percent cheaper remittances than the market average.
CEO and co-founder, KreditechUsing big data algorithms and automated processes the Kreditech creates a credit score for everyone – including the unbanked population.
CEO & Founder, Starling BankWith Starling Bank, Boden is creating a mobile-first bank that’s designed with usability at its core.
Founder and CEO, GuevaraSerial entrepreneur Kim Miller founded Guevara, a car insurance platform that allows drivers to pool their premiums for significant savings.
Comic Sans creatorThe designer of Comic Sans explains what happens when you design the world’s most controversial typeface - which is both loved and loathed.
Artist and activistTolokonnikova, artist and member of Russian band Pussy Riot, who served time in jail after being convicted for “hooliganism”, will talk about how digital tools can empower activists and reveal truths that hold the powerful to account.
ChefRedzepi founded Copenhagen’s Noma, one of the world’s most-awarded restaurants. He will lead a special MAD-curated session on how food is being reinvented.
Building hit games at King.comKurgan’s company develops some of the world’s most popular games and apps, including Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga.
Nutrition hackerTetrick's company, Hampton Creek has raised $120 million to bring healthier and affordable food to everyone, using the world's untapped plant kingdom.
North Korean defectorNorth Korean-born Hyeonseo Lee escaped the regime in 1997. Now living in South Korea, she has become an activist for refugees.
Social-media music starThe 17-year-old singer-songwriter heads his own record label and touring business and has 1.4m Facebook likes, 1.6m Twitter followers and more than a million Instagram followers.
Growing human organsA theoretical physicist and bioengineer, Forgacs, scientific founder of Organovo, is 3D bio-printing blood vessels, liver tissue and other human organs.
AI pioneerBlondeau worked on the project that became Apple’s Siri. Today he runs Sentient Technologies, the world’s best-funded AI company.
AI drug discovererNiven R Narain’s company Berg is using AI to discover new drugs for pharmaceutical uses.
Behavioural scientistDolan is an expert on happiness, behaviour and public policy. He advises on measurement issues in happiness research.
Author, The Silo EffectTett heads up the FT’s US editorial operations. Her book The Silo Effect examines the dangers of compartmentalised thinking -- and how breaking down silos can unleash innovation.
Sensory mapmakerQuercia’s work blends urban computing with social media to create maps that improve our lives -- from charting a city’s smells to its happiness.
Singer-songwriterTwenty-year-old Izzy Bizu draws upon her rich cultural heritage to create a unique sound fusing influences from soul, funk, jazz and pop.
Jazz singerBlack is a young British Jazz singer influenced by modern electro. Her rise to popularity has been driven almost purely by viral and word-of-mouth means online.
Tangible-interface designerDirector of MIT’s Tangible Media Group, Ishii creates interfaces that blur the lines between the digital and tangible worlds of bits and atoms.
Molecular-sensor inventorSharon is CEO and co-founder of Consumer Physics – the Israeli company behind SCiO, the world's first handheld sensor that analyses physical objects.
Breakthrough singer-songwriterTwenty-year-old singer Morrissey has performed at Glastonbury, Green Man and alongside Damon Albarn. She also featured on a 2015 Apple Music ad.
Traditional bakerChad Robertson, with his wife Elisabeth, has re-invigorated enthusiasm for traditional baking methods with their Tartine Bakery & Café in San Francisco.
Singer-songwriterAplin is a 22-year-old British musician who has built a huge social following – with 63.5 million Spotify streams, 80 million YouTube views and 1.5 million single sales.
World’s first female amputee to climb EverestSinha has scaled Mt. Everest, Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus and Mt Kosciuszko since losing her left leg below the knee.
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